Sunday, February 6, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“This notion of liberty [free elections with constitutional constraints] is as sadly deficient and defective as it is false. What difference does it make to be told one must buy health insurance or be searched at an airport or pay taxes to support invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan or pay taxes to support the production of ethanol if the power behind these commands is a dictator, an elected premier, a parliament, or a legislature? Coercion is coercion, whatever its source. If one person or a majority of your neighbors or their representatives coerce you, does the source of this coercion determine whether or not you have your liberty? Do elections and your capacity to cast a vote eliminate the coercion?”
Michael S. Rozeff

“Through its complex of regulations, subsidies and other crimes against free and voluntary exchange, the state oversees the ultimate crime racket; it makes the Mob look like a bunch of softies, like kindergarten crooks rehearsing for the big time.”
David D'Amato

“We [the US] are spending resources we don’t have, to support whatever warlords that will pretend to be in our 'Empire'… till the day we go broke.”
Bill Walker

“Each reactive policy measure [in response to terrorist attacks] only serves to solidify the attackers' convictions, erode the freedoms of the innocents, and divide the nation into two distinct sides-- those who would rather have their freedom and take a chance on safety, and those who are willing to relinquish their freedom in exchange for the illusion of security.
Politicians will always side with the latter, expanding their domain and redefining 'security' so that it encompasses the widest possible range of human activities.”
Simon Black

“….The US government has a mission. Its mission is survival. And as the years go by, more and more people want the government to survive. Because more and more people have a stake in it.”
Bill Bonner

“The entire concept of today's 'career politician' is based on the idea that constituents exist to support them, not the other way around. People who seek these positions don't do it for the glory of country or the greater prosperity of their constituents... but for their obsession with power.”
Simon Black

“Seriously, the government is not ‘us.’ Brutalizing people and barking orders at them like they’re dirt, telling them what they’re allowed to talk about, who they’re allowed to express sympathy for, and forbidding them to expose your actions to public scrutiny are not the actions of someone who’s serving others. They’re the actions of a master, the actions of an owner.”
Kevin Carson

“Everyone by now has had the experience of arguing some point that is in the Constitution. Has it not struck you, how two different people, each apparently intelligent individuals, can come up with completely different meanings for words (allegedly) written with the intention that they should not be misinterpreted? This is a major problem for constitutionalists, and for the whole idea of a written constitution whose job it is to limit government.”
Paul Bonneau

“….We are herd animals with a formidable tendency to attach ourselves to groups – it doesn’t much matter what groups – and fight other groups. Thus football teams, bowling clubs, political parties, and wars. Patriotism is exactly the instinct that makes people cheer frantically for the Steelers against the Packers, and armies are just Crips and Bloods with more elaborate switch-blades.”
Fred Reed

“At this point, the U.S. budget is like Wile E. Coyote after he's run off the edge of a cliff. His legs are still windmilling in the air, but he doesn't realize it yet.”
Doug Casey

“Instead of private law or contracts or generally accepted, time-honored societal agreements, the state corrupts reason and destroys language, replacing common sense with legislative fiat, all while making us more depending on the state to determine what reality is and how we deal with others.
The power to classify is the power to destroy.”
Manuel Lora

“The Declaration of Independence contains the phrase 'all men are created equal.' The only logical interpretation of this is individual sovereignty. If governments are sovereign, then individuals are not. Of course individuals control governments, and so some individuals are more equal than others as they control the entire planet and everyone else needs their permission in order to exist. Therefore it seems that not all men are created equal after all.
And if men truly are created equal, then this must merely be an error of nature which government officials, in their infinite wisdom, quickly remedy here on Earth.”

“We’re all poorer and less free when the government insinuates itself in the marketplace. Interventionism represents an assault on property rights. It takes elements of business competition out of the picture. Producers, employees and consumers have less latitude in forging mutually satisfactory arrangements. Consumer choice narrows.”
Tony Pivetta
From the Darkness:
"I think it's a hundred times more likely today that an officer will be assaulted compared to twenty, thirty years ago. It has become one of the most hazardous jobs in the United States, undoubtedly – in the top five."
J.B. Smith, Sheriff of Smith, County, Texas [Sorry, Sheriff, you clowns aren’t even in the top ten.]

"This is going to be up to the Egyptian people. But let's look at what we have. We have a calendar that already has elections for the next president scheduled, so there is an action-enforcing event that is already on the calendar."
Queen Hillary, hyping an upcoming election to find a new Egyptian dictator

"We have sent a very clear message that we want to see restraint, we do not want to see violence by any [Egyptian] security forces, and we continue to convey that message. There is no discussion as of this time about cutting off any aid. We always are looking and reviewing our aid."
Queen Hillary, stating her commitment to continued support of other murderous governments.

"We can come to a reasonable agreement that curbs spending. ... But to just stay in your corner and say, 'It's my way or I'm shutting down the government,' that could lead to terrible, terrible problems. And I would plead with my new Republican colleagues in the House who seem to want to do this, that that is playing with fire. Please don't do it."
Lil’ Chucky Schumer, New York senator and fear monger

"The president has said he's open to changes to this. He is not open to refighting the entire fight of health care. People have suggestions on how to make it better. But he's not in favor of refighting this fight."
White House chief of staff Bill Daley, on changing the health care legislation

"We don't want to send any message about backing forward or backing away. We want to see an orderly transition [in Egypt] so that no one fills a void -- that there not be a void"
Queen Hillary, reasserting her trust in “stability.” [ I believe “void” may be the new statist word for “individual liberty.”]

“Only the Egyptian people can do that. What is clear — and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak — is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.”
B. Obama [Translated: A new US puppet dictator must be installed immediately!]

“We have three branches of government: we have a House, we have a Senate, we have a President.”
Lil’ Chucky Schumer, New York senator and constitutional illiterate

“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”
Al Gore, carbon credit entrepeneur [If warming causes hot and cold, what does cooling cause?]

"And for those of us who worked with him [Egyptian dictator Mubarak] over the -- particularly now I worked with him on the Middle East peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians, so this is somebody I'm constantly in contact with and working with. And on that issue, I have to say, he's been immensely courageous and a force for good."
Tony Blair

"If I resign today there will be chaos."
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, while observing the chaos in the streets.

“If America is really serious about combating worldwide Islamic terrorism and the increasing reports of Christian genocide among the 44 Muslim nations, then let us take up the battle cry of Ann Coulter and the Muslim author who converted to Christianity and train our military not only to kill and destroy our enemies but to convert them to Christianity.”
Ellis Washington, WorldNutDaily columnist

“Everyone knows that CO2 emissions are the major cause of global climate change, that climate change poses a clear and present danger to our planet, and that the U.S. contributes a huge share of global emissions.”
Alan S. Blinder, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University

"Failure is not an option in Iraq and we must be prepared to bear the cost to ensure success, including the costs of our civilian operations and development programs, which will be substantial however this transition plays out. Congress cannot shortchange this mission now."
Sen. John McCain, whining about Republican promises to slash spending on Iraq.

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